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    This thread is for posting obituaries of famous and semi-famous people who have passed on....
    Last edited by ShermanT; 18-02-2008, 09:44 PM. Reason: Make title more related to the edited opening post

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    Evel Knievel dies at 69

    MITCH STACY

    The Associated Press

    November 30, 2007 at 4:22 PM EST

    Clearwater, Fla. — Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose exploits made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.

    Knievel's death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs.

    Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.

    MORE TO COME

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    • #3
      The silent killer - Hep C. Poor guy.

      I remember Happy Day's episodes that seemed to revole around emulating Evel - quite the cultural icon, loved him as a kid.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by moahunter
        I remember Happy Day's episodes that seemed to revole around emulating Evel - quite the cultural icon, loved him as a kid.
        Fonzie's water skiing jump over a shark tank is what spawned the term "jump the shark", which is the point when an entertainment entity goes downhill.

        As for who dies next, I predict it will be Amy Winehouse.
        “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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        • #5
          Evel Knievel was quite the stuntman during the seventies. I liked him when I was a kid.
          "Talk minus action equals zero." - Joe Keithley, D. O. A.

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          • #6
            http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2007/...-chevrier.html

            Legendary sports broadcaster Don Chevrier passes away

            Tuesday, December 18, 2007

            CBC Sports

            Don Chevrier, a popular sports announcer best known as the original television voice of the Toronto Blue Jays, died on Monday.

            He was 69.

            Chevrier, who was born in Toronto but lived in Palm Harbor, Fla., suffered from a blood disorder and was recently admitted to hospital before being released a few days later.

            Tom McKee, who worked with Chevrier on Blue Jays' telecasts during the club's inaugural season in 1977, spoke with his former broadcast partner this past Saturday before he went into the hospital.

            "He was a great broadcaster and a great friend. I'll miss him very much," McKee told CBCSports.ca.

            Blue Jays chief executive officer and president Paul Godfrey told CBCSports.ca "it was such an honour to have Chevy as the Blue Jays' first television broadcaster."

            "When you really think about the Blue Jays, Don Chevrier being the first on air TV broadcaster was a part of the foundation of the club," said Godfrey, who helped bring the club to Toronto.

            "You don't get them any better than Don Chevrier. He had one of the most distinguished and recognized voices in all of broadcasting, never mind sports," added Godfrey.

            A legendary figure in Canadian broadcasting circles, Chevrier amazed colleagues and television viewers alike with his unique voice and encyclopaedic knowledge of sports.

            Chevrier was expected to work for NBC at the Beijing Olympics this summer.

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            • #7
              I could be wrong, but didn't he work for CJCA at one time?
              Fly Edmonton first. Support EIA

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              • #8
                Yes.

                On the CTV national news Lloyd Robertson mentioned Don Chevier started his career at CJCA in Edmonton.

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                • #9
                  Oscar Peterson, 82



                  ANDREA BAILLIE

                  The Canadian Press

                  December 24, 2007 at 6:29 PM EST

                  TORONTO — Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, whose flying fingers mesmerized audiences around the world — from dance halls in 1940s Montreal to the lights of Carnegie Hall and beyond — has died at age 82.

                  He played alongside the giants of jazz: Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge, Nat King Cole, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, who once called Peterson the “Maharajah of the keyboard.”

                  “Until the end, Oscar Peterson could tour the world and fill concert halls everywhere,” said Andre Menard, artistic director and co-founder of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

                  “This is something that never diminished. His drawing power, his mystique as a musician, was so big that he remained at the top of his game until the end ... Oscar Peterson has been the musician every musician in the world can look up to and aspire to.”

                  More here ............
                  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...rtainment/home

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                  • #10
                    Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated

                    AQAT JAN AND ZARAR KHAN
                    Associated Press

                    December 27, 2007 at 3:11 PM EST

                    RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up. Her death stoked new chaos across the nuclear-armed nation, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.

                    At least 20 others were killed in the attack on the rally for Jan. 8 parliamentary elections where the 54-year-old former prime minister had just spoken.

                    Angry supporters rioted in the southern port city of Karachi after her killing, firing shots at police, setting tires and cars on fire and burning a gas station. One person was killed north of Karachi in the violent aftermath of the assassination.

                    At the hospital where Ms. Bhutto died, some supporters smashed glass and wailed, chanting slogans against President Pervez Musharraf. Mr. Musharraf blamed Islamic extremists for her death and said he would redouble his efforts to fight them.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by North Guy66
                      Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated
                      Now that's just bad news.
                      Xelebes

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                      • #12
                        Legendary conqueror of Everest dies

                        By Ray Lilley, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



                        WELLINGTON, N.Z. - Sir Edmund Hillary, the unassuming beekeeper who conquered Mount Everest to win renown as one of the 20th century's greatest adventurers, died Friday.

                        He was 88. The gangling New Zealander devoted much of his life to aiding the mountain people of Nepal and took his fame in stride, preferring to be called Ed and considering himself an "ordinary person with ordinary qualities."

                        Hillary died at Auckland Hospital about 9 a.m. local time Friday from a heart attack, said a statement from the Auckland District Health Board. Though ailing in his later years, he remained active.

                        His life was marked by grand achievements, high adventure, discovery, excitement - but he was especially pround of his decades-long campaign to set up schools and health clinics in Nepal, the homeland of Tenzing Norgay, the mountain guide with whom he stood arm in arm on the summit of Everest on May 29, 1953.

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                        • #13
                          Former chess great Bobby Fischer dead at 64

                          GUDJON HELGASON

                          Associated Press

                          January 18, 2008 at 6:34 AM EST

                          REYKJAVIK — Bobby Fischer, the reclusive chess genius who became a Cold War icon by dethroning the Soviet world champion in 1972 and later renounced his American citizenship, has died. He was 64.

                          Mr. Fisher died in a Reykjavik hospital on Thursday, his spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, said Friday. There was no immediate word on cause of death.

                          Born in Chicago and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Fischer was wanted in the United States for playing a 1992 rematch against Boris Spassky in Yugoslavia in defiance of international sanctions. In 2005, he moved to Iceland, a chess-mad nation and site of his greatest triumph.

                          Garry Kasparov, the former Russian chess champion, said Mr. Fischer's ascent in the chess world in the 1960s and his promotion of chess worldwide was "a revolutionary breakthrough" for the game. But Mr. Fischer's reputation as a genius of chess was eclipsed, in the eyes of many, by his idiosyncrasies.

                          Checkmate!!!

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                          • #14
                            CBC Sports' Don Wittman dies

                            Don Wittman, synonymous with CBC Sports for nearly a half-century, died early Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

                            Wittman passed away in a Winnipeg hospital surrounded by his family.

                            http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2008/...tman-obit.html
                            “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sonic Death Monkey
                              CBC Sports' Don Wittman dies

                              Don Wittman, synonymous with CBC Sports for nearly a half-century, died early Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

                              Wittman passed away in a Winnipeg hospital surrounded by his family.

                              http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2008/...tman-obit.html
                              I knew that Don wasn't doing well, but I'd always held some hope for his return. Truly a remarkable broadcaster.

                              From amateur athletics to professional sports, his style and delivery was exemplary at every level. You will be missed Don.

                              Condolences to the family...

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